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Steering Problems of Mazda MAZDA3 - part 1

Mazda MAZDA3 owners have reported 77 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Mazda MAZDA3 1
Failure Date: 09/06/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda 3. While driving approximately 38 mph around a ramp, the steering wheel seized and required excessive force to maneuver. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the engine suddenly stalled. The contact crashed the vehicle into a guardrail. There were no injuries and the vehicle was able to be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10v374000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 2
Failure Date: 06/17/2014

Tl * the contact owns a 2008 Mazda3. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel suddenly seized. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle spun and crashed into a guard rail. The contact was transported to the emergency room by ambulance and was treated for bruising, whiplash, acute neck, back, shoulder, and leg traumas. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10v374000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 3
Failure Date: 06/07/2014

While practicing parallel parking electric power steering motor became hot, power steering mil was on and no assist to steer. After letting it cool for 30 min did motor work again.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 4
Failure Date: 04/29/2014

2009 Mazda3. Consumer writes in regards to a defect on the steering wheel. The consumer stated it appeared to be a defect with the steering wheel. There appeared to be gaps developing on either side of the steering wheel hub. The center panel where the horn and air bag were located. The gaps were becoming increasingly wider to the point where she could actually see mechanisms through the gap. The consumer was concerned , because the hub seemed to be detaching and she feared in the event of an accident, the air bag would not deploy, or inadvertently deploy. The dealer insisted it was a common cosmetic issue describing it as trim deterioration.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5
Failure Date: 03/27/2014

In the past month the radio, lights, the cluster, all shut down and restart as driving. Last night as driving on telegraph rd, 45 mph, the power steering suddenly stopped working, I could not control the car, and another vehicle behind me almost hit me, as I was switching in neutral, and back in drive. All of the sudden regain control and was able to turn right into a parking lot. I remember having this issue back in Jan. Of 2011, and there was a recall for it, that I have had fixed. The pattern is that I bought the vehicle in 2008, 3 years later - in 2011 the recall took care of the defective part, and now, 3 years after the replacement the same issue arise. This is very dangerous, can cause accidents, as is happens as driving unexpectedly.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 6
Failure Date: 02/27/2014

I was driver my Mazda3i when suddenly in became hard for me to steer my car and it just cut off. I call the deal in brought in my car where informed me it was the power steering and I contact Mazda because of the safety recall and they told me I wasn't elible for the fix.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Mazda MAZDA3 7
Failure Date: 02/14/2014

Bought new vehicle at end of January 2014 and problems arises February 2014. Steering of the vehicle is faulty. While driving vehicle cannot easily maintain stable line. To stay straight having to keep the wheel about 5 degrees turned to the left. While making slight right turns, vehicle wheel becomes unstable and jerks left if going on bumps or dips. Very unsafe. Dealer admits the problems but will not replace part because Mazda engineer said its within safety guidelines for Mazda. How is a new vehicle ok to drive when it can't drive straight and takes extra effort and hold the wheel away from the norm to drive?.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 8
Failure Date: 07/30/2013

I was making a turn and my vehicle had suddenly become very difficult to steer. Happened twice that day and when I parked, my vehicle shut off. I took it in to get it checked and was informed there was a safety recall for power steering issues on Mazda 3 2007-2009. I called Mazda customer service and was informed my vehicle VIN did not fall under the recall and that they would not repair my vehicle unless it was at my own expense. Mazda only recalls specific vehicles and not all.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 9
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

When I drove the car, the power assist lost which made me so hard to turn and control the steering wheel.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Mazda MAZDA3 10
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

While driving, the power steering was lost suddenly. The fluid is right at max when cool, and has never given problems before.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 11
Failure Date: 05/22/2013

Drove vehicle a short distance, parked & shut off engine. Started engine a short time later and as soon as I turned the steering wheel the power steering assist malfunction lamp turned on and the wheel could not be turned with reasonable effort (car was still stopped).

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 12
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

I have experienced sudden loss of power steering (about once a week). Although Mazda has issued a recall for 2007-2009 Mazda3 with the same problem, they refuse to pay for my repair because the manufacturing date is a few days before the recall.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Mazda MAZDA3 13
Failure Date: 02/12/2013

My husband was driving to work when he experienced a problem with the power steering, it became very hard to steer. He made it to work, and the Mazda continues to have power steering issues. Today 5/11/13, a friend informed us that there is a Mazda 3 2007 power steering recall. I am upset that Mazda never sent me any information regarding the recall. That is unacceptable, that is a very real concern. I called the Mazda dealer number, and it just states to wait for "second" letter, well, it would have been nice to have the first letter. This is a huge safety problem, and very irresponsible of Mazda not to notify all owners.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 14
Failure Date: 08/10/2012

At approximately 55 miles an hour the in-tire pressure monitoring system's rim attaching nut corroded off of the valve stem on the tire. Tire pressure dropped immediately and had to stop and pull off the road. The valve stem fell into the tire once pulled over and inspected. All 4 tires all corroded evenly and need to have the stems and nuts replaced. I've opted for a rubber valve stem whilst submitting complaints. I still have not had the 3 other tires fixed. Replacement non-aluminum tpms are 35-50 a piece + installation. 1. Cheap nuts that crack and fall off tire stems. 2. Aluminum stems that corrode completely removing the threads. 3. High speed crash hazard.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 15
Failure Date: 06/07/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, he turned left and the steerng wheel seized. The warning light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel returned to normal function a few minutes later. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The dealer was notified and the contact was informed that there were no recalls addressing the failure. The manufacture was contacted and they also stated that there were not any recalls. The failure and current mileages were 40,700.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Mazda MAZDA3 16
Failure Date: 05/14/2012

Five times in the last month I have experienced problems when making left turns. The power steering momentarily shuts off, and the radio/electrical system shuts off momentarily as well. On one occasion the engine also shut off momentarily (for about one full second). When this happens, I feel a complete loss of control over the vehicle. Two different independent mechanics told me that they could not fix the problem and the Mazda dealership refuses to diagnose the problem without charging me because the problem is not a recall, and the car is not under warranty. There is a recall for a very similar issue with the 2007 model of Mazda 3s, but the 2006 models are not included in that recall.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 17
Failure Date: 05/02/2012

Sudden loss of power steering while traveling at moderate speed. Upon sudden loss of power steering the car pulled heavily to the right causing me to nearly hit a large tree on this very narrow road.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Mazda MAZDA3 18
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

The contact owns 2006 Mazda Mazda3. The contact was driving 40 mph when the radio began powering on and off independently and the steering wheel seized. The failure corrected itself shortly after. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the dealer stated there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated there was nothing they could do to assist the contact. The failure mileage was 62,853 and the current mileage was 64,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 19
Failure Date: 04/06/2012

I started the car, put it in reverse and began backing out. As the car began to move the steering felt sluggish like the power steering was not working. The condition lasted a few seconds then cleared up. That happened twice more as I was backing out. Whenever the steering became sluggish some of the warning lights turned on (low tire, abs, brake, oil, etc). They turned off whenever the steering returned to normal. The condition seemed to clear itself so I put the car in drive and went a few hundred feet. The sluggish steering and flashing warning lights began again. I stopped the car, left the engine running and checked the tires, power steering belt, and power steering fluid level. All were ok. At this point I shut off the engine and removed the key. The speedometer and tachometer needles oscillated wildly from end to end for several seconds. The warning lights were also on. After waiting for the instrumentation to settle to the normal off state, I inserted the key and attempted to start the vehicle. There was no electrical power whatever, like the battery had been removed. I removed the key waited 15 seconds and attempted to start the engine again. That time the car started as expected. I drove the car slowly for a few minutes and there was no recurrence of the problem. The car has been driven several hundred miles since then with no recurrence of the steering issue or flashing warning lights.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Mazda MAZDA3 20
Failure Date: 03/06/2012

Two loss of power steering incidents in the past two weeks. I am the second owner and purchased in November 2011. The first incident occurred in my parking garage at school after I had turned left into the garage. Could not turn the wheel at all, fortunately there was an empty space directly in front of me. Car sat for a few hours and then drove fine. A week later driving thru an alley at about 10 - 15 mph lost steering again, this time had it towed to a local repair shop. They cannot find a thing wrong calling it a very "unique and strange" issue. Started doing some research on the internet and we found the recall on the 2007+ Mazda 3. Called Mazda today, while they created a file # for my complaint they basically said that there were no "reported incidents" on this vehicle year , claiming not to know of the 2006 having any similar problems to the 2007+ recalled models and is not a recall issue. How many owners must risk driving under these conditions before Mazda must do something about it?!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Mazda MAZDA3 21
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

While making a right or left turn there is a temporary loss of power steering causing the car to almost veer into on-coming traffic because the steering efford increases significantly. This has happened several times. I have noticed no fault lights in the instrument pannel when this occurs. The steering loss appears to occur at random and sporatically.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 22
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

Vehicle was traveling in left lane on interstate and suddenly turned into concrete divider.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 23
Failure Date: 08/31/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact experienced a loss of electronic power steering assist and as a result, crashed into a curb. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostics where the technicians advised the contact of NHTSA campaign id number: 10v374000 (steering:electric power assist system), which the vehicle was included. The technician agreed to repair the vehicle under the recall but would not cover the repairs for the damage to the wheel due to the crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 24
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

Have had intermittent power steering loss with indicator light illumination for approximately one year. After engine gets up to temp power steering cuts out. It will sometimes resume after stopping to let the engine cool. Current recall extends to 2007-2009 model year vehicles until the month before my vehicle was made. Mazda refuses to recognize that this could be related and since vehicle is out of warranty won't repair.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 25
Failure Date: 06/10/2011

While I was making a exit from the freeway onto a local road, I lost control of the steering wheel while slowly braking. Afterwards my car spun out of control and I was in a head on collision with the guard rail for the highway ramp. This happened with my car logging close to 21500 miles. Inspection at the body shop determined that issues between the brake pads and steering wheel led to the steering wheel stopping. Fixing this problem involves replacing brake and possibly steering components according to the body shop.